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Testing 2018

I’m a little late in sending this out, so hopefully your child has already taken or you have already registered for standardized testing.
This could be a reminder to you or saved for options for next year! 

Standardized Testing is required for all Pennsylvania homeschoolers in grades 3, 5, & 8.  Even though standardized testing is not required by law for grade 7, I would highly recommend that you sign your child up for testing if you are considering enrolling him/her in a magnet or private school for high school.  Most high schools want to see 7th grade test scores.  Some magnet high schools want to see standardized test scores from 6th grade as well.

If you are looking for a comparison of standardized testing here are some sites that give some information:

Seton Testing Services

HSDLA Choosing and Ordering Standardized Tests

askPauline’s Guide to Homeschooling in PA


Of course, homeschoolers in Philadelphia always have the option to take PSSA’s at their local school, but for various reasons, many homeschool moms would prefer to send their children elsewhere.  You may be thinking, “That’s us!  Where do Philadelphia homeschoolers go?”  Here’s a list of places I’ve compiled that may be an option for you:




1.  Where: Seven Mile Road Church, 525 Welsh Rd, Phila. 19115 Classical Conversations’ Northeast Campus

Where: Seven Mile Road Church, 525 Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19115

What Test: Stanford 10 Achievement Test

When: Wednesday, May 9th, & Thursday, May 10th 

Times:  9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Cost: $50 per child

Register by: April 16th

Registration Link:  Homeschool Testing Services

You do not have to attend their co-op to take tests with them.  If you have further questions, please contact the Coordinator: Angela Chung


2.  Where: with Audrey Johnson (certified teacher) in Northwest Philadelphia.  She is willing to test students at her home or travel to your home for an additional fee.

What Test: CAT California Achievement Test

Times:  Please contact Audrey Johnson to set a time

Cost:  Fees vary based on testing location.  (But are comparable to those listed here.)


Contact: Audrey Johnson if interested:  She will have you order your test through this site: Seton Testing Services.


3.  You can enter your zip code on the Homeschool Testing Service site to find a Classical Conversation location near you to join their testing site. 

Registration Link: Homeschool Testing Service


4. You also have the option of administering a paper test at home for your child. 

Registration Link: Homeschool Testing Services Classical Conversations offers this.


5. Online testing is another option.  Your child would sit at a computer and take the test. Some places allow you or someone else to be the proctor, and some have you call in and use headphones for someone in their company to be the proctor.
Here are some links where you may order a test.

Homeschool Testing Services   offers the Stanford-10 National Achievement Test

Academic Excellence offers the California Achievement Test

Seton Testing Services offers the Stanford-10 National Achievement Test


6. For more information on Standardized Tests, Pennsylvania requirements, or where to purchase tests, please check out this website: Ask Pauline Standardized Testing



This list is by no means exhaustive!  If your homeschool group allows homeschoolers to test with you or you know of or have taken a different test not listed here, please email me so I can add it to be a resource and option for other homeschoolers!
Please email me at : .  Thanks!

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Marching in Homeschoolers!

Don’t forget to enter this year’s
Homeschool Art Contest sponsored by Wondern Awe

Click HERE to see the post with details!

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 Church of the Savior Book Sale! 

WHAT: SALT and PEPPER home schoolers annual GREAT used book sale. Enjoy perusing  the 50+ tables to see what to buy.  If you bring your darling children, keep them with you
or have them sit in a corner, reading a book of course!
Buyers, remember to bring small bills and perhaps some bags.  Have a list of what you are looking for and wear comfy shoes.
This sale is such a delight and you will want to bring friends.

 THIS Monday, March 19th

 6 to 9 p.m.

 Church of the Saviour 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087

: contact Lori at

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New Gymnastics Class opening up!
Come out for a Trial Class!!

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 Homeschool Geography/History Fair

WHAT: This is a fun time for homeschooled children to showcase their knowledge of a geographical region or era in history without the pressure of being judged for their work.  It is also an easy way to teach children presentation skills in an area they are
enthused and excited about.  All participants will receive a participation certificate, and students traveling through the exhibits will receive passports.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 21, 2018

TIME: 10 am-1130am (Come check out the displays even if you don’t enter the fair.)

WHERE:  Collingdale Christian Family School  814 Andrews Avenue
Collingdale, PA 19023

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP:  Please contact Pat Burns by email at or by phone at 610-626-4846

Some guidelines to follow:
Fair set-up will begin at 9:15 a.m., with the fair opening at 10:00 a.m.  The fair will end at 11:30 a.m., and clean-up must be done by noon.
Decide if your exhibit needs a full 2.5′ x 6′ table or half that size.  Tables will be provided.  Tables will need to be covered with a cloth.

A tri-fold board is needed to stand in the back of your exhibit, labeled with the title of your exhibit (geographical region or historical period).  Anything else you decide to display—pictures, charts, fact pages–can go here, as well as on the table.  A map of your region is also good for display.

Have a rubber stamp and ink pad or stickers available to mark in each student’s “passport” as he/she visits your exhibit.  The stamp should have something to do with the region/era you’re presenting, e.g., an eagle to represent the United States, the Irish flag for Ireland, etc. You may include samples of food to represent your region/era, but this is not necessary.  We used Goldfish crackers one year for our presentation of Japan, and this was a big hit with visitors.  Remember to keep it small and simple.

You can hang things from ceiling tiles, play music, do cultural dances, etc.  Children love to dress up in costume, and this is recommended but not required. Someone must be at the exhibit at all times—whether it’s a parent, sibling or friend who has worked on the project.

Know your material and be ready to explain what your visitors are seeing. You can do as much or as little as you wish.  Some students use art projects they have made, some concentrate on posters, some build models of things to represent their region/era.  Dolls and artifacts are nice to display, but please don’t use something that will devastate you if it is broken or ruined.  This is a very hands-on fair, and children like to touch and taste.  Have fun and enjoy!

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Wondern Awe Art Contest!!!

2018 art contest


It’s Art Contest Time!!!  We are thrilled to once again offer this contest to all homeschooled kids nationally.  Please join us!

Why:  Part of our mission here at Wondern Awe is to promote and nurture the love and joy of artistic pursuits.  For this reason, we are announcing the second annual  Paint + Draw with Wondern Awe National Homeschool Art Contest!  (Click here to see last year’s contest as well as the winning entries.)

Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled in the U.S.
(traditional or virtual charter school)  grades K through 8.

What: Create an original piece of work of art that answers this year’s theme:

“The Alphabet”

Categories:   Entries will be judged according to grade, each category will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.  These are the 3 categories:

  • Grades K – 2  Draw + Color- In One In Letter  
  • Grades 3 – 5  Draw + Color- In One Word   
  • Grades 6 – 8  Design an Alphabet  

When: (Deadline)  All entries must be post-marked by Monday, April 30, 2018

Prizes Include Gifts from these generous sponsors:

Make sure you click through to check out these sponsors!

For more details, including an entry form, mailing directions and the contest rules, please click links below:

P+D w WnA contest entry form

P+D w WnA contest rules

A very special thanks to the generous sponsors
who helped make this contest possible! 


Please click Wondern Awe homepage for more information and details for the contest! 



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Everything About Orchids


WHAT: Join us for a new learning experience at Longwood Gardens. We are excited to present Everything About Orchids to our guests as a free online open course. Whether you are new to orchids or a seasoned grower, this class will offer valuable insights from the experts at Longwood Gardens, one of the great gardens of the world.

Learn more about Longwood’s outstanding orchid collection and how you can grow and enjoy orchids in your own home. You will learn about different types of orchids, their cultural needs, and how to use these plants in your home, in floral designs, and even in the landscape! Many other topics will be covered!This massive open online course (MOOC) is self-paced and is open for participants to join at any time. Learn through video lectures, discussion forums, and opportunities for interaction with the instructors. The course also offers you a chance to share your growing experiences with fellow enthusiasts. We look forward to learning together.

WHEN: Enroll Now- May 6th

WHERE: at your home, at your convenience

WHO: anyone interested in learning about Orchids!


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE to see more details and enroll

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Jr. Master Gardeners

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The Four Seasons

a ballet to the music of Antonio Vivaldi

WHAT:  This fully staged ballet interprets the passage of the seasons through the Greek myth of Persephone, whose annual journey to and from the Underworld marks the passage of spring, summer, fall, and winter. The Four Seasons provides a wonderful context for studying science (why do we have seasons?), ecology, language arts, geography, and more.

With guest artists and a youth cast from Wissahickon Dance Academy in Germantown, Northeast High School, Blaine Elementary School, and Willard Elementary School, the ballet is performed exclusively for the students of the Philadelphia schools. All educators will receive a free guide to the ballet with pre- and post-performance activities designed deepen students’ experience of this living art.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
TIME: 10:15-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Northeast High School  1601 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111
Book now! Email this form to; fax to 215-849-3117; or call Elaine Cohen at 215-694-4564
School name:_______________________________________________________________
School address:_____________________________________________________________
Primary contact: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________________________________________________________
Phone: __________________________ email: ___________________________________
Number of students: ________________
Additional teachers’ names and e-mail addresses:
Number of chaperones ____________ (max 2 per class)
Schools must arrange their own busing to/from the performance
Please ensure that your students arrive and are seated by 10 a.m.
International Ballet Exchange
38 E. School House Lane, Philadelphia PA 19144
IBE has been bringing great ballet to the Philadelphia public schools through its unique program of in-school ballet lessons and performances since 1988.

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Maple Sugaring Festivals 

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association
Maple Sugaring Festival

WHAT: Learn how maple syrup and sugar are made – a delicious and fun way to make science come alive! WVWA offers a very special winter event that is ideal for families, scout groups and anyone curious about the maple sugaring process.  Guides take small groups through the woods to see the tapped trees and then watch it being boiled into sugar. End your walk at WVWA’s historic headquarters for hot chocolate and warm treats with maple syrup. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.  Last tour leaves at 3:00 p.m.

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018

TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Ambler, PA

COST: WVWA Members: $5 adult/$3 child (12 years and under); Non-Members: $10 adult/$5 child (12 years and under)
*Registrations requested


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Tyler Arboretum
Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration

WHAT: The spirit of winter is alive and well at Tyler Arboretum as we invite you to bundle up and join us in celebrating with some outdoor fun. Walk through our maple sugaring stations to explore how the tasty topping is turned from sap into syrup. The festivities don’t stop there! Satisfy your appetite with our famous all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Rain or shine event, snow date March 3.

WHEN: Saturday February 24.  Snow date: Saturday, March 3

TIME: 8:00 AM  –  1:00 PM

WHERE: Tyler Arboretum  515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063

: $16 adult; $10 Child (ages 3-12); Child (ages 2- under) FREE


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Fox Chase Farm
Maple Sugar Day

WHAT: Visit Fox Chase Farm to learn the process of maple sugaring, watch the making of maple candy, and sample pancakes with pure maple syrup. Crafts & Storytelling. Maple products will also be for sale.

WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2018

TIME: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

WHERE: Fox Chase Farm

COST: $3.00 Adults and Children

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Fox Chase Farm Events

Fox Chase Farm also offers homeschool group field trips for Maple Sugaring.
Gather a group and check them out!

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Wissahickon Environmental Center
Maple Sugar Day

WHAT:  Join the Wissahickon Environmental Center for Maple Sugar Day and see maple sugaring demonstrations throughout the event. Attendees can try pancakes with real maple syrup, taste test multiple pancake toppings and sample fresh maple candy. Pennsylvania Maple Syrup products will be available for purchase.

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018

TIME:11 AM – 3 PM

WHERE: Wissahickon Environmental Center 300 W Northwestern Ave.  19118

COST: FREE! No Registration Needed.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click on their Facebook Page

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Tree to table maple sugaring

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Silver Lake Nature Center
Maple Syrup Time

WHAT: Explore the outdoors at Silver Lake Nature Center. Learn the basic steps of how tree sap can be turned into delicious syrup.  Taste some samples and help in the process of making this wonderful delight.  Be prepared for outdoor exploring!

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018

TIME: 1 PM – 2 PM

WHERE: Silver Lake Nature Center 1306 Bath Rd. Bristol, PA 19007

COST: The price is $2 per member, $3 per person non-member.


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Norristown Farm Park
Sugar Maple Trees

WHAT: Meet at the Pavilions at Norristown Farm Park and attend an informative and fun program on Maple Sugar Trees. Families will see maple sugar trees and learn how American Indians extracted their maple sugar as well as hear the legend about the discovery of maple sap. Kids will discover how maple syrup is made from the sap and have the opportunity to taste maple sugar and maple syrup as well as compare it to commercial brands. Maple candy will be available for purchase.

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018

TIME: 2 pm-3 pm

WHERE: Norristown Farm Park 2500 Upper Farm Rd Norristown, PA 19403

COST: This is a FREE event! Registration is required. The event is geared toward adults and children ages 6 and up.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Montco. Events Listing; or Norristown Farm Park


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Churchville Nature Center
Maple Sugar Day and Pancake Breakfast

WHAT: The Maple Sugar Day hosted by Churchville Nature Center features education on the process for making maple syrup from the sap of a maple tree. There will be interactive stations demonstrating each step from collecting sap to making the syrup for visitors to explore. Attendees can register for the pancake breakfast featuring yummy maple syrup.The Center is looking for families who would like their trees tapped for collecting sap. Participating families will receive free pancake breakfast tickets.

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018

TIME: 11 am (Pancake Breakfast), 1 pm (Program)

WHERE: Churchville Nature Center 501 Churchville Ln Churchville, PA 18966

COST: The Maple Sugar Program Tickets are $5/per person. The pancake breakfast is $10/per person.

FOR REGISTRATION & MORE INFORMATION: Click Churchville Nature Center Calendar

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Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
Maple Sugaring

WHAT: This interactive hands-on Maple Sugaring event will get the entire family involved. Held at the Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center, it will educate on the procedures of maple sugar production.

WHEN: March 3 & 4, 2018; and March 10 & 11, 2018

TIME: Saturdays 3 & 10: 1 pm-2:30 pm; Sundays 4 & 11: 1:30 pm-3 pm

WHERE: Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center  355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd Titusville, NJ 08560

COST:  Registration is required. This is a FREE event!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Washington Crossing State Park Events


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Teen Get Together: Edgar Allan Poe Tour!


April has finally gotten a confirmation of a tour of the Edgar Allen Poe House for 1pm on Friday, February 16th.  Space is limited (25 people max.) so families must rsvp.  No walk-ins (although house is open many other days of year).  Tour is free but if you’d like to join us at Federal Donuts (about 3 blocks walk from Poe House), you are more than welcome to indulge.  🙂
Who:  Teens and their families (limited space, please rsvp with name, # of children & ages, cell phone for last minute needs)

Date:  Friday, February 16

Time:  12:45pm (90-minute tour starts at 1pm)

Location:  Edgar Allan Poe House, 532 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Parking:  street parking (mostly free)
RSVP required:  April at

More info about museum: index.htm